dis·ci·ple | \ di-ˈsī-pəl \

Definition of disciple 

1 : one who accepts and assists in spreading the doctrines of another: such as

a Christianity : one of the twelve in the inner circle of Christ's followers according to the Gospel accounts

b : a convinced adherent of a school or individual a disciple of Freud

2 capitalized, Christianity : a member of the Disciples of Christ founded in the U.S. in 1809 that holds the Bible alone to be the rule of faith and practice, usually baptizes by immersion, and has a congregational (see congregational sense 3) polity

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discipleship \-ˌship \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for disciple


acolyte, adherent, convert, follower, partisan (also partizan), pupil, votarist, votary



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follower, adherent, disciple, partisan mean one who gives full loyalty and support to another. follower may apply to people who attach themselves either to the person or beliefs of another. an evangelist and his followers adherent suggests a close and persistent attachment. adherents to Marxism disciple implies a devoted allegiance to the teachings of one chosen as a master. disciples of Gandhi partisan suggests a zealous often prejudiced attachment. partisans of the President

Examples of disciple in a Sentence

a disciple of Sigmund Freud a circle of dedicated disciples who conscientiously wrote down everything the prophet said

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Colombia’s runoff presidential election Sunday pitted a young disciple of former President Álvaro Uribe against a former member of the Colombian rebel group M-19. Mary Anastasia O’grady, WSJ, "Colombia’s Presidential Showdown," 17 June 2018 Duque, a disciple of former President Alvaro Uribe, will be sworn in on Aug. 7 and hold office until 2022. Matthew Bristow, Bloomberg.com, "Colombia Elects Pro-Market Lawyer Duque in Presidential Runoff," 17 June 2018 New Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator Norv Turner's quarterback disciples are many, and many are storied, too. Jourdan Rodrigue, charlotteobserver, "Big adjustments evident in Norv Turner's Panthers offense, and not just for Cam Newton," 8 June 2018 As even casual disciples of Hoosiers hysteria will tell you, though, Wooden first gained fame with the Boilermakers as one of the college game's early superstars. Nathan Baird, Post-Tribune, "Family bond preserves John Wooden's Purdue jersey," 10 May 2018 The Yotes were picking up too many fouls early in the season, so Garson, a disciple of man-to-man defense, made a shift to a matchup zone. Dave Southorn, idahostatesman, "Surprisingly adept on the ice, College of Idaho eyes national title on hardwood | Idaho Statesman," 7 Mar. 2018 Jackson, a disciple of King's, also praised former U.S. Rep. John Conyers, D-Detroit, who, within days of King's assassination on April 4, 1968, began pushing for a federal holiday to honor the civil rights leader. Jc Reindl And Greg Gardner, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit auto show: Jesse Jackson honors 3 during MLK Day event," 15 Jan. 2018 The building is question is a 1950 home designed by Edgar Tafel, a noted Frank Lloyd Wright disciple who had worked on Fallingwater. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "Midcentury home by Frank Lloyd Wright disciple asks $3M," 2 July 2018 And in Virginia, a far-right candidate, Corey Stewart, won the Republican Senate nomination after waging an incendiary campaign and portraying himself as a disciple of Mr. Trump. Jonathan Martin, New York Times, "Republicans Absorb New Lesson: Cross President Trump at Their Peril," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of disciple

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for disciple

Middle English, from Old English discipul & Anglo-French disciple, from Late Latin and Latin; Late Latin discipulus follower of Jesus Christ in his lifetime, from Latin, pupil

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English Language Learners Definition of disciple

: someone who accepts and helps to spread the teachings of a famous person

: one of a group of 12 men who were sent out to spread the teachings of Jesus Christ


dis·ci·ple | \ di-ˈsī-pəl \

Kids Definition of disciple

1 : a person who accepts and helps to spread the teachings of another

2 : apostle

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